Even with optimism, we knew our path forward would not take a straight line, and sure enough, Covid-19 is once again being uncooperative.
With cases in the region rising rapidly and Omicron creeping into the landscape, we must once again require that all members, program participants, and visitors, in addition to being vaccinated, wear masks throughout the building, effective immediately. The only exceptions are those swimming or lifeguarding. If you forget your mask, we can provide one.
Also, if you have not received a booster shot, we urge you to get one. The science seems clear that a third, booster shot is critical to maximizing immunity.
On a related note, as Covid spreads, we have had a few members ask to put their memberships on temporary hold. I understand why that makes sense to some of you and we will honor those requests. I would be remiss, however, if I did not urge you to support the JCC, even if you don’t plan to use our facilities for the next few weeks. The pandemic has taken a toll on the JCC economically. Our ability to support the vulnerable members of the community who depend on us—seniors, those with disability—depends on the largess of those for whom the JCC is a luxury. Our ability to fulfill the ambitious vision for the JCC that we all share depends on a shared commitment to keep the JCC strong.
I hope that you all have peaceful and healthy holidays. Even if your plans are disrupted, I hope you will be able to revel in the joy of being surrounded by those who mean the most to you.
Adam Weiss, Chief Executive Officer
Harold & Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson